Cohocton is a town in Steuben County, New York, United States. The population was 2,626 at the 2000 census. The name might be the native term for “log in the water.”The town contains a village, also called Cohocton and is in the northwest part of the county.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 56.1 square miles (145.2 km²), all of it land.
The north town line is the border of Livingston County and Ontario County.
Interstate 390, New York State Route 21, New York State Route 371 and New York State Route 415 pass through the town. The Interstate and NY-415 partly follow the course of the Cohocton River.
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,626 people, 972 households, and 704 families residing in the town. The population density was 46.8 people per square mile (18.1/km²). There were 1,144 housing units at an average density of 20.4 per square mile (7.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.49% White, 0.46% Black or African American, 0.61% Native American, 0.27% Asian, 0.19% from other races, and 0.99% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.27% of the population.
There were 972 households out of which 38.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.5% were married couples living together, 9.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.5% were non-families. 21.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.69 and the average family size was 3.10.
In the town, the population was spread out with 28.8% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 29.4% from 25 to 44, 22.4% from 45 to 64, and 12.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.5 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $35,559, and the median income for a family was $39,583. Males had a median income of $28,333 versus $25,208 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,243. About 12.9% of families and 17.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.1% of those under age 18 and 9.3% of those age 65 or over.
The 1890 population was 3,475.